Tahiti and the Society Islands aboard the Paul Gauguin


8-day Cruise

Cruise

The Tour

IRT’s Angela Walker took this wonderful cruise in October 2015. To read about her adventure, click here.

Discover your own island inspiration in the destination that enchanted painter Paul Gauguin, author James A. Michener, and countless others.

In one wonderful week, you’ll explore the best of the South Pacific, with stops in lush Huahine, beautiful Bora Bora, and postcard-perfect Moorea. Once you’ve made these islands your home—even if just for a week—they’ll always be calling for you to return.

Embark on the m/s Paul Gauguin in Tahiti, an island on the wish list of almost every cruise enthusiast. Then, sail on to Huahine, known as the “Garden Island” for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain.

Next, spend a day on Motu Mahana, a South Seas paradise. On a white sand beach beneath palm fronds ruffled by gentle breezes, you can snorkel, kayak, play volleyball, or simply relax, and enjoy a traditional feast with Polynesian entertainment.

Then it’s on to spectacular Bora Bora to see why author James A. Michener called it “the most beautiful island in the world.” Bask on a private beach on a motu off the coast and admire the jagged volcanic peaks, multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches of Moorea, said to be the inspiration for Bali Hai.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Embark in Papeete
Explore the dynamic capital city of Papeete before embarking on the m/s Paul Gaugin.

Day 2: Huahine

Known as “The Garden Island,” Huahine’s lush rainforests and dramatic terrain surround sacred sites and legendary landmarks that are among the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia. If Huahine’s expansive lagoon is calling your name, enjoy a SCUBA diving excursion or picnic on the beach.

Day 3: Taha’a (Motu Mahana)
Embark on your choice of exciting shore excursions today, or spend your whole day relaxing on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from our floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and to demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided.

Days 4 & 5: Bora Bora
Stunning Bora Bora welcomes you for two full days of exploring lush peaks, white sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, and romantic lagoons. Experience the natural beauty of the island with an optional snorkeling excursion, sunset jetboat ride, or a helicopter tour that flies you over Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu. You can also spend time at our private beach which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

Days 6 & 7: Moorea
Vibrant colors abound during two leisurely days in Moorea, in everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.

Days 8 & 9: Papeete
Your trip ends with your disembarkation in the capital city of Papeete. Tahiti’s capital city of Papeete welcomes you back with emerald hillsides, sapphire waters, and warm breezes. If you’re not ready for your South Pacific vacation to end, spend a few days here experiencing resorts, spas, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.

2019 Dates:

January 5, 12, 19
February 9, 16, 23
March 2, 30
April 27
May 25
June 8
July 20
August 24
October 12, 26
December 7, 21, 28

2020 Dates:

January 11
February 15, 22
July 4
July 11
August 8
September 12, 19
October 31
December 26

The Prices

2019 Pricing: 
Cabin Type Price Ranges Per Category
F Porthole Stateroom Prices from $4,145 – $6,095
E Window Stateroom Prices from $4,395 – $6,445
D Balcony Stateroom Prices from $5,195 – $7,645
C Balcony Stateroom Prices from $5,395 – $7,845
Veranda B Suite Prices from $6,245 – $9,295
Veranda A Suite Prices from $7,345 – $10,695
Grand Suite Prices from $8,845 – $13,245
Owner’s Suite Prices from $11,645 – $13,695

Prices are per person, double occupancy & include economy class airfare from Los Angeles; air add-ons from home city are available upon request. Air credit for non-use of this promotion is $1,600. Single supplement pricing is available upon request. Port, security, and handling fees of $149 per person are additional.

Other

Included in rates:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles (Economy)
  • All shipboard meals
  • All beverages
  • Complimentary watersports
  • Access to private beach in Bora Bora and private islet (Motu Mahana)
  • Airport/pier transfers
  • Complimentary room service
  • Onboard gratuities for staff
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The Highlights

  • Spend a relaxing day on the private islet of Motu Mahana, complete with white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, a barbecue lunch, drinks served in coconuts, and a floating lagoon bar.
  • Explore the white sand beaches of Bora Bora, where options include a four-wheel-drive safari, an aquabike excursion, or a glass bottom boat ride.
  • Enjoy an overnight in Moorea, where you will marvel at mountain peaks, lounge near blue lagoons, and sample the fresh, local cuisine.
  • Learn from our onboard hosts how to open a coconut, tie a pareo, and other Tahitian crafts.
  • Attend an enlightening lecture on Polynesian anthropology when Mark Eddowes, a gifted raconteur, comes aboard.
The m/s Paul Gauguin anchored off the island of Huahine in the Society Islands of French Polynesia.  IRT Photo by Angela Walker
The m/s Paul Gauguin anchored off the island of Huahine in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
A honeymooning couple takes part in the traditional Tahitian blessing ceremony aboard the Paul Gauguin. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
A honeymooning couple takes part in the traditional Tahitian blessing ceremony aboard the Paul Gauguin. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
An example of the Paul Gauguin's outstanding cabins. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
An example of the Paul Gauguin's outstanding cabins. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
Swimming with sharks in an off-board excursion to the Lagoonarium in Bora Bora.  IRT Photo by Angela Walker
Swimming with sharks in an off-board excursion to the Lagoonarium in Bora Bora. IRT Photo by Angela Walker